42nd Victorian State Titles — 2019.

Arti­cle by Jim Bish­op

It was 3pm Fri­day and we have just arrived at the RACV Gold­fields Resort Creswick to find the car park full of new Mer­cedes Benz cars, thought we might have had the wrong week­end at first? Then the car trans­porter trucks start­ed to arrive and over the next few hours they were all loaded and gone, I pre­sume there must have been a pro­mo­tion hap­pen­ing dur­ing the week. Just as well they left as our cars would have shown them all up!!.

Kay and I checked into our room then drove into Wen­douree to locate the Hold­en deal­er for the fol­low­ing days Scru­ti­neer­ing, we then had look around the area and din­ner in Bal­larat.

Sat­ur­day Morn­ing and we could see peo­ple arriv­ing for the event includ­ing Peter and Cyn­thia Char­man who had left home at 6.30 am, we meet up with them and decid­ed to go straight to Scru­ti­neer­ing, so of we went with Pete and Cyn­thia fol­low­ing, all went well until I missed the turnoff to Wen­douree so I gave them a guid­ed tour of the lake and sur­round­ing area then onto the Hold­en deal­er, I don’t think Peter believed me when I said that the tour was planned?.

Scru­ti­neer­ing went well and quite quick­ly as most of the oth­ers were still on the road up in con­voy, with Jason expe­ri­enc­ing some miss­ing hard­ware on his gearshift, this slowed them down a bit, and I believe not to be out­done our res­i­dent axel / wheel prob­lem mem­ber Chris had prob­lem with a nut!! com­ing loose?, you may have to ask him for more details.

We then went back to Creswick town­ship to a cafe for Pete and Cyn­thia to have a well-earned break­fast, after that Kay and I walked up to the local mar­ket and bumped into Ian and Jane and a few oth­ers.

Back at the resort it was all action with ear­lies con­stant­ly arriv­ing, we spent a very socia­ble after­noon in the Bar Lounge with lots of our club mem­bers, wives and part­ners. At 6pm we went to the pre-din­ner wine tast­ing lots of folk par­tic­i­pat­ed to sam­ple the wine and cider that was on offer along with tasty nib­bles. Then it was 7pm and time for din­ner.
Well what a great set up and venue, real­ly well-done love­ly din­ner and great enter­tain­ment engag­ing a real­ly good magi­cian.

The evening and the auc­tion was host­ed by Pap­py who is a nat­ur­al, the auc­tion went real­ly well with Pap­py mak­ing lots of bids for “Madam Pres­i­dent” to encour­age high­er bids, this worked well until he almost met is match with the per­son sit­ting oppo­site me at our table. The bid­ding for a par­tic­u­lar item was on the up and had reached a high num­ber when this per­son with a very straight face stopped bid­ding sud­den­ly leav­ing Pap­py hold­ing the high­est bid, he had no choice but to go on and com­plete the pro­ce­dure ‘ going once’ ‘going twice’ for the third and last time!! (look­ing wor­ried) THEN SUDDENLY ONE LAST BID TO LET HIM OF THE HOOK, Well done Gary His­lop!!. So, the night pro­gressed and was enjoyed by all.

Sun­day Morn­ing and every­one is out wip­ing the heavy dew off their cars, then it is time to dri­ve them down to the 18th green and set them up for the show and shine. Lots to see with a good num­ber of cars 72 accord­ing to the entrant’s book­let, 20 of those belong­ing to our club. The weath­er was cold but dry and with a food truck with cof­fee and a sausage siz­zle we had a great day.

At about 3pm they held the awards pre­sen­ta­tion to fin­ish of a great week­end.
The results of the Tro­phies win­ners are locat­ed else­where in the mag.

But no week­end can fin­ish with­out some­one hav­ing car trou­ble. Enter Big Trev, Trev had trou­ble start­ing his car on Sun­day morn­ing that led to it not start­ing at all in the main car park as he was ready to leave for home Sun­day after­noon, the RACV were called only to tell him that he would need to have it towed as they do not do under dash wiring. Just as well one of the oth­er local car club mem­bers was there who con­tact­ed their auto elec­tri­cian who came to the res­cue, he found burnt out wiring under the dash and tem­porar­i­ly repaired it and recharged his bat­tery from anoth­er car and Trev was able to then start his and make it home, those of us who were there Pete Char­man, Ray Dag­gers and myself then went back inside for a nice din­ner along with Ian and Jane, then we left on Mon­day for a quite dri­ve home.

Stay hap­py and safe Jim and Kay.

Mem­bers with ear­lies.
Gary and Les­ley Beard­s­ley
Jim and Kay Bish­op
Peter and Cyn­thia Char­man
Peter and Lin­da Cor­ri­g­an
James Creswell
Ray and Val Dag­gers
Trevor and Sue Dempsey
Daryl Dunn
Ray and Di Eaton
Chris and Jane, Lib­by, Angus, Chloe Fox
Richard Fox Snr & Richard Fox Jnr
Bruce and Lil­lian Gra­ham
Gary and Judy His­lop
Jason and Janine King, Lennon & Eden
Brock Kings­ley
Rick and Jen­ny Kings­ley
Ian and Jane Maclean Neville Maw­er Bar­ry Maxted Tim Sells & Michelle Har­rex Bob and Dot Stone Scott Wood­bridge

Mem­bers with­out.
Gar­ry Allen
Greg Bub­n­er
Tris­tan Coote
Alan Del­zop­po
Michael Del­zop­po
Pres­ley Eas­dale
Gary Etheredge
Aldo Gianchi­no
Ian Glen­nie
Ter­ry Hunt
Steve and Marie Lox­ton
Kim Radenic
Kim and Pamela Small
Derk Tuik